Tour Quotes

Lexie had some YA tour quotes posted in her Facebook profile. I wanted to post them here and quickly comment on them before I forgot what all of them were.

“San Antonio is dead to me.” – Lexie Auman, after being pooped on by a bird at the San Antonio Riverwalk. She was a lot more upset about it than I think most people would have been. She was literally in tears and the rest of us laughed. Maybe laughing wasn’t the nicest thing to do… but it was a really funny moment. This started a new game on tech crew- the not crying game. Essentially, we were all so surprised that Lexie was the first one to lose it on tour and start crying that we kept track of who cried next. Debbie was, naturally, the next one to lose – her husband was in Arkansas and she was on tour, newlyweds aren’t usually too happy about being kept apart. The rest of us lost together when we watched the new Joseph Smith movie in Nauvoo. That is such a powerful movie that all of us walked out with red eyes. It was a fun game, and a good way to end it :).

“Little Debbie….mmmmm” & “CRRRRAAAZY Debbie’s Fireworks!” -Matthew Schetselaar (and tech crew) Our costumer (whose name is Debbie… as you might have guessed) was the butt of almost all teasing on tech crew. She was an easy target and she took it well. She probably weighs like 10 pounds and at one point someone called her little Debbie. Then Matt realized that was a brand of snack food and added “mmmm”. That of course stuck and was used through the rest of tour. Then as we were driving through Missouri (I think) we saw a big warehouse that had painted on the side “Crazy Debbie’s Fireworks”. We thought it was brilliant and that also stuck. 🙂

“1…2…3…Nina!” -YA countoff. There were 6 people each in charge of making sure that 5 people were on the bus and then those 6 people would count off. Emily never could find Nina, so every day it would be “1..2..3.. NINA?… 4..”

“I thought when I fell in love for the first time it would be with just one person.” – Spencer Harrison (the Guitarist). Spencer made this comment during our final testimony meeting. It had been an awesome tour and he was saying how much he loved all of us. It was just a great quote.

“It’s za mini temple.” -All of the YAs, freaking all of the time (please just shoot me now). Actually it was really “za mini” EVERYTHING. After we went and saw the mini temple in Snowflake Arizona, someone dubbed it “za mini temple” (yes, with an accent), and after that… we had “za mini show”, “za mini tech crew”, “za mini stake center”, “za mini bus”, “za mini theater”, “za mini dinner”, “za mini”,”za mini” AHHH!

I still haven’t posted all that I would like to about tour, but I will sometime soon… I hope. For now though, it’s a good start! Happy Independence Day everybody!

End of Finals

It’s been really busy lately with preparing for the end of this semester so sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Actually, currently I am functioning (I use that term loosely) off of 1 hour of sleep. We’ll have to see how this goes. Sorry if this is less than lucid, you might understand why. I don’t have a particular topic that I wanted to post on so I’m sure this will jump from topic to topic without any real rhyme or reason. I’m actually in class for my very last final of this semester so I’m very excited to get done and be out of here.

Finals week has been interesting. I did one of the most retarded things I have ever done in my life and forgot to take a final. I thought that it was in the testing center during finals week, when really it was in the testing center during the last two days of finals. I felt REALLY stupid when I realized that I had done that. So, it looks like I will probably be taking Linguistics 450 (Historical and Comparative Linguistics) over. At least I liked that class, so I guess it could be worse, right? Other than that my finals went pretty well. I didn’t have to take my Social Dance final because I did really well on my medals exam so I was done with that class before finals week. My advanced web programming class (PHP & MySQL) just had a final project that was technically due last Monday, but really due today at 7am (that’s where I’m at right now). I absolutely adored that class and I’m really excited that I get to go home this summer and work with the things I have learned. I took the second half of New Testament course from Brother Stephen E. Robinson (yeah again) which was absolutely incredible. I feel SO lucky to have been able to take classes from him. We had a test in the testing center during finals week which really wasn’t too bad. I got a 84 on that test so I should be in good shape. My ASL class was also finished before the end of the semester, we presented a story to our teacher during the last couple days of classes. I’m not completely sure how that went but we’ll see. It was a really great semester and I’m actually kind of sad to see it be over.

The coolest part of these last couple weeks has been hanging out with my roommate Julie. She is without question the coolest person ever! I’m really sad that I might not be back in the fall and living with her again. We have had so much fun just staying up late, and hanging out talking, walking to the grocery store twice a day, playing free cell, watching every movie ever made, watching Gilmore Girls etc. I’m soo sad that we didn’t become really good friends earlier in the semester. But better late than never, right?

Right now I’m just getting ready to leave for Young Ambassador tour. We leave for Texas at 6am Saturday morning *shudder*. I am totally stoked for this tour. We are going to go to a lot of the LDS Church History sites including staying for a week in Nauvoo. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about having a state-side tour this year. Our international tours have been SO amazing that I just didn’t think that this would be able to compare. However, the closer we get the more excited I am. It’s going to be really great to go somewhere that the culture, language and food are familiar *at least relatively…* International tours are awesome, but they are hard. It’s tough not being able to communicate effectively and have to exchange currency and not know what the food is that you’re eating. This tour won’t have the same cultural excitement but it’ll be much easier to get through. I’m also just excited for the people that I get to go with. I really love everyone in Young Ambassadors. I’ve posted before about how much I love the rest of the tech crew, but what I haven’t mentioned is how amazing the cast has been. The whole group just seems to mesh and work together so much better than previous groups have. The cast is super down to earth and friendly and just works together well. Our band is still fun, but they don’t have the rebellious streak that the band has had in the past, which is nice. It was kind of frustrating to have the band be anti-YA. The whole group this year has just been a refreshing change from previous years. I have just loved this year soo much.

I am really sad right now to leave my ward. On Sunday I went to my last sacrament meeting as part of the BYU 138th ward. I literally cried through the entire meeting. At the end I looked like someone had punched me in the face (I have never been an elegant crier). I just couldn’t believe that this year was over already. It has flown by so quickly. I don’t know that I have ever felt so welcome and at home. Definitely not since I came to BYU. Actually, I didn’t cry through the meeting as much because I was sad as because I felt so blessed. I don’t know what I possibly could have done to deserve to be where I am at. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I love all of the people I have gotten to know and love as family members. My home teachers have been incredible, the Relief Society Presidency from last semester, the girls I’ve served with in the RS Presidency this semester, my visiting teachers, my roommates, my council members from last semester, the bishopric and everyone who has become my friend (which is basically the whole ward). I can’t even begin to describe how blessed I feel.

Ok, well, I am thoroughly wasted now and I don’t think that I can post much more lucidly (not that any of what I have posted so far is lucid… on the contrary, I am sure it is very muddled… but now I have updated and I feel a little bit better about life.) How much longer can this class go on?!? I’ve been here since 7am, and it is now after 9am and we’re still going through presentations. The presentations are fine and all… but I’m really ready to go back to bed (or at least back to sleep on the couch). Actually, the longer I am awake the harder I know it’s going to be to go back to sleep. That’s what I get for starting my day with a banana and a coke (breakfast of champions!) Hopefully this ends soon…

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Well, here we are at Sierra Vista on the 6th day of Young Ambassador tour. I have to say that out of the 8 YA tours I’ve been on this has definitely been my favorite. I have loved every second I’ve been able to spend with the tech crew which has made it infinitely enjoyable. I think I can honestly say that I have some of my best friends on the crew with me this year which just makes it so much better. Really, I just don’t want to have to go home and face the real world. I’m not even close to ready for that. I don’t have my homework caught up and… I don’t know, I like tour a lot and I’m definitely ok with staying here. The weather has been amazing and it’ll be hard to go back to the snow. But it will be good. I am looking forward to being back home with everyone, I’m just not ready for it yet.

So, my host family last night was a trip. Wonderful people but a trip. We were in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona. It was a great venue but I’m straying from what I wanted to talk about. At the end of the night we were told that the tech crew girls (me, Lexie Auman and Debbie Allen) would be rooming together again. In years past when I would hear that I’d kinda be disappointed. However, I was totally stoked. I LOVE rooming with these girls. We have definitely become friends. So we got all of our luggage and headed out to meet our host mom. She was a younger woman with one little girl named Spring with her and was apparently pregnant. I felt bad because I thought we were probably keeping her little girl up past her bedtime since she was so young. When we got out of the theater she told us that she was parked a ways away and would go get the car then come and pick us up. While we were sitting there Lexie realized that she had accidentally picked up Keith’s bag instead of her own so she and Debbie ran back in to exchange bags. (It’s a good thing we realized this then or it could have produced a very awkward situation this morning) After they had been gone for a couple of minutes my mom called me to let me know that one of my really good friends is unofficially engaged! I’ve always thought that was a really funny thing to say, but basically they’ve set the date but she doesn’t have the ring… so it’s not official… whatever. Anyways, the girls came back and we loaded everything into the van. I was excited because we don’t generally get to stay with families with younger children because it can be kinda difficult for them to take on a bunch of college students for the night. Lexie was also really excited because she’s been wanting to stay somewhere with younger kids for a while and has been jealous of anyone who has gotten to do so. So we were driving home and we were playing with the little girl. We found out that she was 2 years old and her name was Spring. She was the cutest thing on the planet. I think babies are so much funner when they can talk and play a little bit than when they’re just newborn and just kinda sit there and be little. Just a personal opinion. Anyways, we also found out that Vicki had another child- a little boy named Tiger who was 4 years old. Super exciting! So, we drove home. It took a LONG time to get there but we did finally get there. Sure enough, when we walked in the door this little bundle of energy named Tiger started running around. I was surprised to see that both of their kids were awake since it was probably past 11pm at that point and most children are asleep at that time. So we took our stuff upstairs and they showed us our three options for places to sleep- the baby’s room, the guest room and on a blow up matress in their upstairs living room. Debbie decided to take the bed in the baby’s room and since Lexie and I couldn’t decide just yet we decided to pow-wow in Debbie’s room. Of course, when we went in so did the two little kids. They were running around and jumping on the beds. So we definitely got to play with them. However, it was getting kinda late and we were pretty tired. Debbie went out of the room and called her husband to tell him goodnight. After awhile she came in and basically passed out on the bed- still in her blacks. Luckily the kids took a hint and Lexie and I took them out into the hall to play some more. And they were definitely still up for playing some more. We ran around with them for probably another 30 minutes before they went downstairs to have dinner. As soon as they left Lexie and I went into our room and collapsed on our beds. Running tech for the Young Ambassadors is pretty intense so we come home tired anyways, but after a long day and then playing with kids we were wiped out. Lexie fell asleep on top of the covers still in her blacks. Although I had been planning on showering that night it just wasn’t going to happen so I changed into my PJs and hopped into bed as well. The kids on the other hand went downstairs and were fed dinner! Dinner! At past midnight! I’ll admit that sometimes I live on that kind of a schedule… but I’m in college… and I’m not 4 years old. The next morning the parents were telling us how the kids had been up late… gee I wonder why! In the morning we were running a bit behind schedule so we were hoping to just go and meet the tech van ASAP. But, that was not going to be the case. We came downstairs to breakfast and tried to get going. When we got in the van Sister Westerfield said that we were going to have to stop by the grocery store to pick up drinks for our lunches. Swell. We were already about half an hour late… and she’s insisting that we stop by the grocery store. We did finally get to the tech van about 45 minutes late, and it was actually ok because we went sight-seeing and had far more time than we needed in Tombstone. I’m sure part of us being late was our fault. But honestly! I just don’t understand some people.

online shopping…

Good grief it is cold in here! Our furnace was broken this morning and we had to have a repairman come and fix it so that we didn’t freeze out of our apartment (for those of you back in CA let me just remind you- I’m in Utah and it is currently 20 degrees outside…). However it’s fixed now so I’m probably cold as more of a reaction to being tired than actual coldness.

So, I’ve decided I’m definitely a fan of online shopping. It’s easy to price compare, I don’t have to leave my desk, it comes right to me, I can shop in the middle of the night if I so choose, I don’t have to deal with people trying to talk me into different things. I can do it while doing several other things. Really, I think it is fabulous. The only problem is that it is so very available to me. Since the beginning of the semester I have bought:

  • My 30GB iPod Video
  • A Train CD *which hasn’t come yet- murmur*
  • My own domain name and web hosting (http://www.techiechic.net check it out. Right now all that’s up is a class assignment for my CHum 490 class that doesn’t have working links or anything but it’s there and it’s mine. If you want to check out something cool on my page go to http://www.techiechic.net/ – In addition to the random countdowns at the beginning of the page (another CHum assignment) the links at the bottom are for Divine Comedy videos. If you right click the link and choose “Save as” and save the link as a .mov you can import the files into iTunes and from there onto an iPod. I made it for myself but I would like anyone to be able to benefit from it.)
  • An iPod case
  • Glasses

Yeah, that’s right, tonight I actually bought a pair of glasses online. That seemed a little bit risky to me but I really think it’s going to be just fine… just weird that I could actually do it yaknow? I was way excited because they’re exactly the ones I wanted but for a way better price than I bought them for last year (don’t ask… after paying an arm and a leg for them I left them in Beijing… SO mad at myself!). So I’m really excited. I hope they come before I leave on tour so that I have them for tour. Then I can really just sit in the back of the van with my glasses, iPod, neck pillow and a book. That should keep people from bugging me don’t you think? I mean what could say “leave me alone” better than that? Anyways, there’s my confession for the night.

In other news, tonight was opening night for the Young Ambassadors and I think it went really well. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 3 years now. I can still remember retreat from my freshman year so vividly- and now I’m a senior and it’s all old hat. Just wild to think about how far I’ve come. I was thinking about that as I was walking home from the DeJong tonight (yes I was walking by myself, and no, no one attacked me, if they did I think they would be in for a rude surprise as I think I’m probably one of the more heavier armed girls on campus- I’m even more heavily armed than the BYU rent-a-cops so… yeah not too concerned). I am such a different person from the techie girl I was my freshman year. I hope in a good way. I guess there’s probably some of both. I’m definitely a lot less naive than I was back then. I was definitely a starry eyed dreamer back then who saw the world through rose colored glasses. I’ve had a few reality checks since then and I think I’m a lot more realistic now. Maybe borderline pessimistic at times in certain situations but I like to think I’m still optimistic and positive most of the time. I was a little too trusting, a little too naive and I think overall it’s just been part of growing up. I’m not quite as enthusiastic as I once was, for good and bad. I think I was enthusiastic to the point of being a little over-zealous and driving people a little bit crazy. I’ve kinda noticed that this year as one of our new freshman is a little over-enthusiastic and has a tendency to drive me a little bit crazy. I love him to death, but it’s just that over-zealousness of “hey, we have to all do this and team-build and etc etc.” Too many years has taught me that techies and performers are just different. Not bad different, just different. I love our performers, but when push comes to shove, I’m so grateful to have the tech van and be around people who are a little bit more practical, and down to earth and like me. Of course, all of those sound a little bit negative and I don’t think they’ve all been negative changes. There are many things I’ve learned from Young Ambassadors that have been profoundly positive. I think I’ve become less proud and better at being a lady. There was definitely a point when I wouldn’t ask a guy for help to save my life. No freaking way, I can open my own doors and carry this bag that’s three times my size etc etc etc. I’m still not really good at that, but I’ve gotten a ton better at accepting that maybe there are some things I can’t do, and that guys should act like gentlemen. I still try to hard to prove myself but I think I’m doing a lot better than I was. I’ve also learned to make myself more presentable. This sounds way superficial, but it’s true, and I don’t think it’s been totally negative. I mean, I still will not wear the heels of death solely for fashion’s sake. However I do care what I wear and whether I look like I could be representative of the Young Ambassadors. I actually dry my hair before school (which is definitely an improvement from high school, and most of my freshman year), and about half of the time I have my hair curled and I’ve even been known to wear makeup to school (*I’ll wait while those of you who have known me since high school pick yourselves up off the floor*). My testimony has grown infinitely stronger. I love being a part of this work. I mean, to most people we’re just a performing group that does a little singing and dancing with a BYU logo on our jackets. It’s SO much more than that. Hopefully that’s the one thing that doesn’t fade is the sense of mission I got from that first night at retreat. It’s all about lifting others and sharing our testimonies through all that we do.

Well, anyways, just a confession and some thoughts that I’d had on my way home tonight.